Page:A cyclopedia of American medical biography vol. 2.djvu/105

This page needs to be proofread.


ly," 1880; "Significance of Sex in Evolu- tion," "Science," 1880, "Pacific Med- ical Journal," 1880; "Ptomaines and Leucomaines, and their relation to disease," "Pacific Medical Journal," September, 1889, "Science," 1889. He also published several books bearing remotely on medicine. Among them are "Sight," an exposition of monocu- lar and binocular vision, 1880; "Evo- lution; Its Nature, Its Evidences, and Its Relation to Rehgious Thought," 1888. C. E. L.

The Autobiography of .Joseph LeConte,


.Jour. Am. Med. Asso., Chicago, 1901,

vol. xxxvii.

Tr. Med. Assoc, Georgia, Atlanta, 1902. (W. L. .Jones.) Portrait in LeConte's Autobiography, 1903.

Lee, Arthur (1740-1792).

Arthur Lee was born in the County of Westmoreland, Virginia, on De- cember 20, 1740. He was the sixth son of Thomas Lee of Stratford, the first native Virginian to be appointed governor of the colony. The dis- tinction attained by each of his six sons caused Washington to write in 1771: "I know of no county that can produce a family all distinguished as clever men, as our Lees."

Arthur Lee was educated and took his M. D. at Edinburgh University. (Jn returning to Virginia he settled in Williamsliurg, and practised with suc- cess for several years. Not liking his profession, however, he gave it up, went to London and began to study law in the Temple.

While there, he rendered most im- portant service to his country in send- ing to America the earliest information of the plans of the British Ministry. When instructions were sent to Gov. Bernard, Lee communicated their na- ture to the patriots of Boston.

In 1775 he was in London as agent of Virginia, a n d presented to the King in August of that year the second petition from Congress. When Jef- ferson declined the position, Lee was

89 LEE

appointed minister to France, and joined his colleagues. Dr. Franklin and Mr. Deane, at Paris in December, 1776. History deals fully with the dissentions w^iich arose between Lee and his colleagues and which resulted in his return to America. So unques- tioned was his intergrity, he found no difficulty in reinstating himself in the opinion of the pubhc, and in 1784 was appointed one of the commissioners for holding a treaty with the Indians of the Six Nations, a trust which he executed with much honor to himself. In 1790 he was admitted a counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States by a special order.

He died after a short illness on the fourteenth of December, 1792, at Ur- banna, Middlesex County, Virginia.

His published articles were all of a political nature, and consisted of the Monitor's Letters, written in 1769 in vindication of the colonial rights, " Ex- tracts from a letter to Congress, in answer to a Libel by Siras Deane," 1780; and "Observations on Certain Commercial Transactions in France," laid before Congress in 1780.

R. M. S.

Lee, Charles Alfred (1801-1872).

Charles Alfred Lee, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Brown Lee, was born at Salisbury, Connecticut, March 3, 1801. He graduated A. M. at Williams College, Massachusetts.

He began to study medicine with his brother-in-law, Luther Ticknor, M. D., of Salisbury, Connecticut, and graduated M. D. from the Berkshire Medical Col- lege, at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he held the office of demonstrator of anatomy during the winter session, and instructor in botany during the summer course.

On the twenty-eighth of June, 1828, he married Hester Ann Mildeberge, daughter of John A. and Ann (De Witt) Mildeberge, of New York City, and had nine children, only three of whom, all sons, survived.